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Apple Pencil Holder

  • 12-by-12-inch warm colors school days multimedia pad available from Martha Stewart Crafts at Michaels
  • Apple craft punch available from Martha Stewart Crafts at Michaels
  • 3-in-1 butterfly craft punch available from Martha Stewart Crafts at Michaels
  • 0.5 mm fine-tip writing pen; sepia available from Martha Stewart Crafts at Michaels
  • 1/4-inch double-sided adhesive foam dots
  • Double-sided tissue tape
  • Tin can or other container

Thumbtack Bulletin Board

A bulletin board is an essential tool in any home and, over the years, Martha has made a number of different examples. This latest uses a denim fabric to achieve a classic style. Size it up or down to suit your needs.
  • Homosote board (ours measured 24-inches-by-36-inches)
  • Denim fabric with lycra or other sturdy fabric
  • Staple gun
  • Elastic
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Nail upholstery tacks
  • Mallet

Beautify a Bulletin Board


Downtown Office


Ribbon-Bracket Shelves

Other Ideas:
Decorating, Organizing, Shelves

Charging Station

  • Two cloth-covered boxes with hinged sides and grommet finger holes ("Library project" cases,
  • Utility knife with a fresh blade
  • Metal ruler
  • Power strip (with an on/off switch to conserve electricity)
  • Self-adhesive Velcro strips
  • Self-adhesive cord hooks (3M Mounting Cord Clips,
  • 1 foot of 1/2-inch-wide ribbon (optional)
  • Glue (optional)

Bookcase Armoire

  • Paint (optional)
  • 2 bookcases with adjustable shelves
  • Rectangular piece of wood (for desk extension): the same thickness as a shelf, 1/2 inch shorter than the length of a shelf, no more than 14 inches wide
  • Rectangular piece of pegboard (the length of a shelf with a height equal to the space between the desk shelf and the shelf above)
  • Four 1-by-2-inch boards (for pegboard frame): 2 cut to the height of the pegboard and 2 cut to its length minus 3 inches
  • Hacksaw or jigsaw with a metal blade (to cut piano hinge)
  • 2 piano hinges (1 to attach bookcases and 1 to attach desk extension)
  • 5/8-inch screws (for hinges, if screws aren't included)
  • Electric drill
  • Screws that are 3/4 inch longer than the thickness of desk-side bookcase's back panel (to secure existing desk shelf and pegboard frame)
  • Lid stay or flap stay
  • Glass-bead or other molding (to secure Plexiglas), cut into strips: 5 pieces the length of a shelf, 8 pieces 2 1/2 inches long, and 2 pieces 8 1/2 inches long
  • Hand miter saw (to cut molding)
  • Hammer
  • 3-D 1-inch finish nails (to secure molding for Plexiglas)
  • 5 Plexiglas guards: 4 pieces cut 3 inches tall and to the length of a shelf and 1 piece cut 9 inches tall and to the length of a shelf
  • 3/4-inch screws (to attach pegboard to frame; for casters, if screws aren't included; and for L brackets, if using)
  • Draw-bolt latch or flush-mount lock (for armoire latch)
  • 8 casters (at least 1 inch)
  • Two 3-inch L brackets (to attach case to wall, optional)
  • Appropriate wall anchors and matching screws (for L brackets)

Customizing Magazine Holders

A pile of magazines can contribute to unwanted clutter, but a magazine holder, or a collection of them, can serve as a great storage solution. Martha transforms a plain, inexpensive wooden magazine holder she found at Ikea into an elegant object for her kitchen shelf, using a finishing technique inspired by Japanese and Chinese lacquerware.
  • Wooden magazine holder
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Palm sander (optional)
  • 320- to 600-grit silicon-carbide sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Paintbrush
  • Primer/sealer
  • Sponge brush
  • Paint
  • Varnish